Monthly Archives: June 2011

To shift for himself with one arm

Pettus Guards Private John McDonald wrote home on April 4, 1863, according to Jess N. McLean’s Official Records. “….well Susan, since I began this letter, one of our company has been discharged. David Malone is the man. “He lost his … Continue reading

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Gen. McLaws’s furlough

The Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade’s division commander, Gen. Lafayette McLaws, had been denied a furlough back in February. But he apparently received one sometime in March. On April 2, 1863, he wrote his wife, Emily, at home in Georgia, that his … Continue reading

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President’s fast

Confederate President Jefferson Davis had decreed that March 27, 1863, would be “a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer,” William H. Hill wrote in his diary that Friday. “General Lee issued an order that was read to the [13th Mississippi] … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Fredericksburg Va March 24th 1863 Dear Mollie I mailed a letter to you yesterday and as I have an opportunity of sending you one letter by hand will write you a short letter, but have no news. Thad Jennings with … Continue reading

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Disease returns

The weather improved in Fredericksburg in late March, 1863, but camp diseases that had earlier plagued the army returned. They’d never really quit, but now they were more widespread. “The scarlet fever has broken out amongst the troops,” Spartan Band … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Fredericksburg Va March 22nd 1863 Dearest One I received a letter from you a few days since which rejoiced me verry much. I had mailed a letter the day before the receipt of yours is the reason why I did … Continue reading

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Kelly’s Ford

Barksdale’s Brigade was alerted for possible imminent movement on March 17 after “heavy cannonading” was heard in the vicinity of the United States Ford, well northwest of Fredericksburg on the winding Rappahannock. “The enemy are reported to be crossing” there, … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Fredericksburg Va March 17th 1863 Dear Mollie I have been waiting a number of days for a letter from you, but have been looking in vain. Haven’t hear a word from you since I lift. My health is good except … Continue reading

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